Russia demonstrates first 'microwave gun' that can disable drones and missiles from up to six miles away at Army-2015

Weapon to be shown off at Army-2015 military conference

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Russia claims to have developed a high-frequency “microwave gun” that can disable military drones and missile warheads from a distance of up to six miles.

Defence manufacturer UIMC, part of the state-owned Rostec Corporation, announced that it would be demonstrating the power of the weapon at the Army-2015 conference attended by Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.

According to state media outlet Sputnik News, the gun has been developed for the use of the Russian military and can be fitted onto existing BUK missile systems.

UIMC officials said the weapon is capable of firing super-high-frequency electromagnetic waves to suppress equipment on board low-altitude aircraft, as well as the precision targeting systems on board missiles.

Speaking to Sputnik News, a UIMC spokesperson said: “The new system is equipped with a high-power relativistic generator and reflector antenna, management and control system, and a transmission system which is fixed on the chassis of BUK surface-to-air missile systems.

“When mounted on a special platform, the ‘microwave gun’ is capable of ensuring perimeter defense at 360 degrees.”

Mr Putin opened the Army-2015 international conference with a presidential address on Tuesday, during which he announced that Russia would be adding more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles to its nuclear arsenal.

The military forum was planned to run until Friday. UIMC said it would be demonstrating the “microwave gun” during the closed portion of the conference.